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 Washington, D.C., August 16 – Opening in more than a dozen additional locations this weekend, The Peanut Butter Falcon is pulling in audiences from varied backgrounds. Centered on a marginalized character – Zak (Zack Gottsagen), who has Down syndrome – this film normalizes Zak and his journey precisely because it is presented as a [click to continue...]

Los Angeles, California, August 9 – RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization that fights stigmas and advances opportunities for and with people with disabilities, gratefully announces the launch of Project Moses, made possible by a Cutting Edge Grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles (The Foundation). The $300,000 grant will be distributed over three years. [click to continue...]

Read the event transcript (coming soon) Download the accessible PowerPoint Watch the event on YouTube with open captions (coming soon) Presenters Nasreen Alkhateeb Award-winning Director, All Media Storytelling Lauren Appelbaum Vice President, Communications, RespectAbility Hon. Steve Bartlett Chairman, RespectAbility Vivian Bass Board of Directors, RespectAbility Candace Cable self-advocate, 12-Time Paralympic Medalist Ollie Cantos Board of [click to continue...]

Los Angeles, California, July 11 – “We’re going to demand change,” moderator Natalie Gross, Communication Coordinator for Inclusion in Hollywood, opened the Women of Color Disability Summit sponsored by Women of Color Unite and The JTC List Wednesday evening in Hollywood. Gross was joined by five other women of color with disabilities talking about how [click to continue...]

Washington, D.C., July 11 – A panel of diverse leaders with disabilities and their allies are gathering on Monday, July 22 to discuss the changing landscape of disability in media. This panel, composed of disability advocates and entertainment professionals, will be presenting between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. as part of a day-long summit sponsored [click to continue...]

Meet Lenny Larsen, an internationally recognized producer and director of entertainment and experiences ranging from theme parks and live theater to film/television and interactive technology. With undergraduate and graduate degrees from Carnegie Mellon University in theater and entertainment technology, Larsen’s unique blend of imagination, technical savvy, and steadfast leadership places him among the leading creative [click to continue...]

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